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teen-mediaLibrary to Unveil iCREATE Mobile Media Lab for Teens

Central Library has put the finishing touches on a mobile media lab for teens. The lab was funded by Best Buy’s Community Grants Program.

Best Buy awarded the library $4,000 to develop the iCREATE Mobile Media Lab to provide teens with an innovative, hands-on learning environment where they can experiment with self-expression and creativity through digital media. When the lab debuts during Teen Tech Week March 11–15 at Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd., teens will be given an opportunity to be trained on and work with iPads featuring video, audio and graphic applications. Although the focus for now will be on graphic design and short video projects, ultimately the lab will have a permanent location at the new South Irving Library using a green screen kit and other tools to help teens produce videos from start to finish and record their own music.

“The iCREATE Lab will take teens’ enthusiasm for media and turn it into something that helps prepare them for future educational opportunities and jobs,” said Senior Library Assistant Kristin Trevino.

The iCREATE Lab will debut at the APPtitude with iPads event for teens, at 1 p.m. March 12 at the Central Library. Teens will be able to explore and use a variety of apps to express their creativity to create photos and videos that will then be printed into one-of-a-kind photo magnets, transformed into e-cards and other digital crafts. Teens wanting to use and share their own favorite multimedia apps are invited to bring their own iPads to the event. For more information, visit TeenScene.
• Irving Chautauqua presents Amazing Music – 2 p.m. March 9, Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will engage audiences in interactive activities. Call (972) 721-2606 for more information.

• Spring Break Events at West – The West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road, will offer a variety of spring break programs for children March 11-15:
2:30 p.m. March 11, Spring Break Movie Time. Open to all ages.
1:30 p.m. March 12, Fort Worth Science and History Museum’s Mobile Planetarium Program (repeats at 2:15, 3 and 3:45 p.m.)
2:30 p.m. March 13, Fairy Tale Magic, presented by Magician Brett Roberts
2:30 p.m. March 14, Build It! with LEGOs
2:30 p.m. March 15, St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
For more information, call (972) 721-2691.

• Take Me to the Stars – 2:30 p.m. March 11, East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road. Hear the rich folklore of the stars. Discover how to find stars, constellations, visible planets and any special astronomy events. Repeating show times are 2:30, 3:15, 4 and 4:45 p.m. For all ages.

• Read Across Irving: Celebrate Dr. Seuss – 2:30 p.m. March 13, Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. Celebrate the works of Dr. Seuss with a movie, craft, refreshments and a visit from a Seuss character. Call (972) 721-2458 for more information.

• Habits for Success – Youth ages 8–14 can learn traits to be successful in this event series that will cover “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” by Dr. Stephen Covey. March’s session will explore “Habit 1: Be Proactive! You’re in charge!” at the following times and locations:
4 p.m. March 13 West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road
4 p.m. March 21, Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail
Space is limited. Register to attend at the West Irving Library by calling (972) 721-2691 or the Valley Ranch Library, (972) 721-4669.

• Wreck-It Ball – 4 p.m. March 16, Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. Youth ages 10 and older will play, make video-related crafts and view a 2012 animated release about a video game character who dreams of becoming a hero. Call (972) 721-4669.

• Reach Up! with Lynn Moon – 2:30 p.m. March 23, Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. A dance-based movement program, for children ages 5–12. Using music and brightly colored sensorimotor props, children will participate in a story-based series of movement exercises, dance and yoga. Space is limited and registration is encouraged. Programs are designed for individuals with special needs and their peers. Call (972) 721-2458.

• Book Lover’s Happy Hour: It’s a Mystery – 7 p.m. March 25, Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. Join other book lovers for a discussion on the mystery genre and what makes it so popular. Call (972) 721-2606.

• eBook Class – 2 p.m. March 30, Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. Get introduced to the library’s eBook collection. Visitors also can receive one-on-one help with their specific devices after the presentation. Call (972) 721-2606.

Library Calendar
• March 6 – noon Midweek Mysteries, Central Library
• March 6 – 4:45 p.m. YAAC (Young Adult Action Council), Central Library
• March 7 – 7 p.m. Valley Ranch Live!, Valley Ranch Library
• March 9 – 1 to 3 p.m. Rec ’n Motion Showcase, West Irving Library
• March 10 – 2 p.m. Anime Club, Central Library
• March 12 – 6:30 p.m. Movie Night @ the Library, Central Library
• March 14 – 7 p.m. Meditation Seminar, Valley Ranch Library
• March 16 – 10:30 a.m. Global Friends Reading Circle, West Irving Library
• March 16 - 2 p.m. TeenScene Movie, Central Library
• March 17 – 1 p.m. PAWs for Reading, Valley Ranch Library
• March 20 – 7 p.m. Based on Reality Non-fiction Book Club, Central Library
• March 21 – 7 p.m. Heritage Senior Center Book Club, Heritage Senior Center, 200 S. Jefferson St.
• March 23 – 10 a.m. to noon Rec ’n Motion Showcase, West Irving Library
• March 27 – 5 p.m. Fourth Wednesday Family Movie Night, East Branch Library
• March 27 – 4 p.m. First Look Book Club, Valley Ranch Library
• March 28 – 7 p.m. Valley Ranch Reads! Valley Ranch Library
• March 2 – 2:30 p.m. Many Voices, Central Library
• Tuesdays – 10:15 a.m. Mother Goose Storytime for Babies, East Branch Library
• Wednesdays – 4 p.m. After-School is Cool Club, West Irving Library
• Wednesdays – 4 p.m. American Sign Language Conversation Table, Central Library
• Wednesdays – 6:30 p.m. Conversaciones @ Your Library, East Branch Library
• Thursdays – 6:30 p.m. Conversaciones @ Your Library, Central Library
• Saturdays – 1 p.m. Conversaciones @ Your Library, Central Library
• Saturdays – 2 p.m. Family Movie Matinee, Valley Ranch Library

For a complete list of programs, visit

Posted March 11

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